The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

by James Horner

CD

Overview

Composer James Horner, who's won Oscars for Iris and A Beautiful Mind, finds his latest challenge in an oft-filmed classic novel, A.E.W. Mason's The Four Feathers, this time directed by Shekhar Kapur. Horner's lush score is a virtual musical travelogue spanning the vast cultural gap between Great Britain and the deserts of colonial Africa at the height of the British Empire. The composer collaborated closely with Qawwali singer Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of a family of African vocalists dedicated to preserving the haunting traditional music of the Sufi Muslims, which features centuries-old melodies marked by intense vocal melismas. Deeply atmospheric and giddy with dramatic intensity, Horner's score highlights the tale of Harry Feversham, a young British soldier who resigns his post in 1875 when he learns his regiment is headed for a tour of duty in the troubled Sudan. He's branded a traitor before redeeming his honor by rescuing his fellow soldiers, who are under brutal attack by the Sudanese rebels. Horner juxtaposes almost operatic Western orchestral themes and stirring martial drums with exotic African instrumentation and spine-tingling, chantlike vocals, creating an evocative score that's as beautiful and grandly sweeping as Mason's original tale.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998974425
catalogNumber: 89744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Horner   Primary Artist
Hossam Ramzy   Ethnic Percussion
Luis Jardim   Ethnic Percussion
Gary Kettel   Ethnic Percussion
Frank Ricotti   Ethnic Percussion
Cathy Thompson   Sarangui
Kuljit Bhamra   Ethnic Percussion
Paul Clarvis   Ethnic Percussion
Marcia Crayford   Concert Mistress
Tim Garside   Ethnic Percussion
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan   Vocals
Jan Hendrickse   Wind Instruments
Salah Dawson Miller   Ethnic Percussion
Kuljid Bhamra   Ethnic Percussion
Robert A. White   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Jan Hammer   Composer
James Horner   Producer,Orchestration
Robert Fripp   Composer
Tony Hinnigan   Producer
Simon Rhodes   Producer,Engineer,Engineering

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